Tom Thumb in Trouble (1940)

Run Time - 8 min.  |   Countries - United States   |   MPAA Rating - NR
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One of the few "serious" Warner Bros. cartoons, this one finds Chuck Jones striving (and generally succeeding) to emulate Walt Disney. Nearly drowning in a mishap, tiny Tom Thumb is rescued by a friendly bird, but Tom's normal-sized woodchopper father thinks that the bird has attacked his son and angrily chases it away. Later on, when Tom is lost in a blinding snowstorm, the bird proves his loyalty and courage beyond all question. Some of the forced-perspective images are unforgettable, and overall the cartoon deserves "A" for effort...but Warner Bros. never tried anything like it again.